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Consecrating Your Space

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By: Mary Jane Kasliner, AAS, BS, ACFSI, CP, E-RYT200
“You must give to nature more than you take. Obey it and the earth will provide you in glorious abundance.”
-Alan Chadwick
Historically, civilizations in China, India, the Celtic tribes of England and Europe, Native American Indians, Aborginal tribes in Australia, and many others were intimately connected with nature. There was an innate wisdom and sacredness regarded for Mother Earth. These cultures recognized the importance of living in harmony with the environment and expressed it through rituals and ceremonies intended to bring about balanced energies within their dwellings. Shamans, Priests, or the holy men of the community were called upon to bless the home and remove any negative energy. In some instances these ceremonies represented humanity’s age-old attempt to have a relationship with the unseen realms of life. These ceremonies conformed to the cultural traditions and particular time period in history. Even though these rituals differed from culture to culture, the underlying purpose and intention was always the same. It was all about maintaining a balanced and harmonious relationship with nature and to co-create with Mother Earth instead of having dominion over Her.
Space clearing is a sacred branch of feng shui practice that transforms our living and working spaces into sacred places. In order to understand the purpose of space clearing, it is important to know how energy is processed and how we in turn process it. Essentially, there are seven levels of energy that are contained within the atmosphere. The composition of the environment, externally and internally, determines the level of energy we are exposed to. These levels range from very low to very high. We have all experienced the impact of these levels in the way our physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies feel. For example, when we feel ill, depressed, unmotivated, or just stuck in life, it is a reflection of the energy level within our environment that we are exposed to. On the other hand, high energy levels leave us with feelings of vitality, flashes of instant knowledge, wisdom, and being more spiritually connected.
We are all capable of inhaling this higher energy level at anytime; unfortunately, most of us go through life in a lower level range. Space clearing is a simple way to elevate the existing energy level in your space, and in doing so, increases our own personal energy level and the ability to move through life in an awakened state. I know many of my clients report a change in how their environment feels and how they feel after a space clearing session. It is one of the easiest ways to bring about change in your life and is a wonderful accoutrement to your feng shui applications.
Building Energetics
Buildings, homes, and rooms absorb energy from any activity, disturbance, jubilation, or tragedy that occurred in them. The pattern of energy associated with the activity becomes embedded into the very fabric of the home and, as a result, these vibrations of energy become embedded within us contributing to our state of health and well-being. If we examine the energetic component of a building, there is an aura bubble that acts as a protective layer. This bubble extends around the building in two layers. The inner layer has a thickness of approximately two feet and spans outward from the building at approximately four feet in distance. The second layer is approximately three feet in depth and spans out twelve feet from the building. Any energetic vibration from the builders, building materials, and any occupants within the structure all are stored in these two layers. Therefore, it is important to include the house aura during a space clearing ceremony.
Our personal possessions will also lock onto energetic vibrations. Therefore, it is important to assess the objects within our space and decide if they bring energy to us or pull it away. An easy way to determine if an object is draining your energy is to walk through your home room- by-room and observe the items in the space. Notice how they make you feel. Do you smile and feel uplifted, or does it make you feel angry, disgusted, or indifferent? One way to increase the surrounding energy level is to decorate with colors, fabrics, furniture, and objects you love. Every time you see those items, you will feel good, relaxed, and vibrant. This is such an important point in feng shui because our environment is an extension of ourselves, our inner self to be exact. Therefore, during my consultations, I always point out the significance of decorating with objects that have deep meaning for my client. If there is any object they feel uncomfortable with, I recommend they remove it from the space because in essence they are telling the universe there is something they do not like about themselves.
Why Space Clearing Can Maintain Healthy Living
Karen Kingston is a world-renowned energy worker who specializes in the branch of feng shui known as space clearing. Much of her knowledge and experience is based on the Balinese people, priest, and shaman. One of the most profound concepts followed by the Balinese people is called Sekala (the seen world) and Niskala (the unseen world). The Balinese understand that everything in the physical world is the result of its counterpart in the unseen world. This is the same concept that Dr. Wayne Dyer discusses in his book “Manifest Your Destiny.” It’s about transforming energy into your own reality, and in order to transform energy, it needs a catalyst to do so.
The primary catalyst for the Balinese people is their ability to integrate their material world with their spiritual one. Here in the west, we tend to separate the two and, as a result, life can be more difficult and joyless. Like the Balinese people, Dr. Wayne Dyer suggests the same concept of integrating both worlds in order to manifest all things in your life. The connection between the spirit and the material world should be one and not separate. The common denominator in these concepts is living in tune with nature, or God’s world. Living close to the land puts us in sync with the universe allowing all else to naturally fall into place. When we disconnect ourselves from the earth, it causes a domino effect separating ourselves from our surroundings and each other. Feng shui provides that direct connection to nature and the ability to feel the energy within our surroundings.
There are a number of space clearing techniques that can be utilized to consecrate your space. Whether you choose to waft natural herbs, burn incenses, sound bells, clap, or spray essential oils, is your choice. The key is to be comfortable with the ceremonial procedure and have a clear intention before, during, and after the process.

Space clearing and consecration ceremonies are a wonderful catalyst to begin the transformation process in your life. It is a simple way to elevate the existing energy level in your space, and in doing so, increases your own personal energy level. This process of transmuting energy can assist us during difficult times like illness, divorce, separation, death, arguments, financial hardships, or any reoccurring problem. At the very least, clearing the energy within our environment helps us move through life in an awakened state.
Creating a Sacred Room
From a feng shui perspective, the home is an extension of our body, our well-being, and our livelihood. Throughout my book, “The Feng Shui Connection To A Healthy Life” available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, the emphasis always comes down to our immediate surroundings. With that in mind, it is important to go a step further and create a space within your environment that you can go to on a daily basis to renew your soul and spirit. A room in the northeastern sector of your home works very well, as the energy resonates to self-cultivation and spirituality. Decorate this space with seven key components to nurture the mind, body, and soul.

1. Sacred Objects: These objects can be religious icons, spiritual books or CD’s, any thing that represents spirituality to you, or the dreams you are manifesting for this world. You can actually create a small alter in this space that should include the four natural Greek elements (earth, wind or air, fire and water). Examples of the earth element are a crystal, healthy plant, or fresh flowers since they actually come from the earth. The fragrance of incense, essential oils, or a feather represents the wind or air energy. Candles illuminating a light source represent the fire energy. And finally, a fresh bowl of water acts as a purifier for the soul and obviously will represent the water energy.
2. Incense and Candles: The scent generated from incense represents a spiritual offering. In many religions, incense is an integral part of the ceremony and elevates the energy level within the space. The candles represent the light or the soul’s illumination.
3. Natural Elements: Incorporating nature’s elements into this space will bring us closer to connecting with the awesome energy of the universe. Plants, rocks, and crystals are just a few examples of natural elements that will augment this connection.
4. Water: Water is a source of nurturing, healing, and spiritual purification. Incorporating a water source in this room in the form of a fountain can be very spiritual and uplifting. The sounds created by the water can be very powerful and should mimic the sounds of a babbling brook, or stream in nature.

5. Life Force: Life force energy reminds us of the never-ending energy source in the universe. Energy cannot die; it simply changes its form. Therefore, by incorporating life forces in this space it can connect us to the infinite energy within our soul. Life force can be anything from fish, fresh flowers, to a healthy plant.
6. Color: Color is one of the most powerful elements within a space that can elevate the energy level and heal the mind, body and soul. It is thought that our soul emits a bright white light that is integrated throughout our physical body in our chakra system creating other color vibrations. Adding touches of purple to this sacred space will resonate to the seventh chakra, our highest energy level, or spiritual realm. In traditional Buddhist monasteries, the colors red, yellow, blue, green, white and black are also used to support and sustain the spirituality of your life.
7. Sacred Shapes of Geometry: Geometric shapes represent the stages of “Becoming.” It allows a direct access to the spiritual and material forces of creation. The ancients believed that by incorporating symbols of sacred geometry into the architecture would allow the soul to grow. These ancient earth designers constructed sacred patterns into their temples, monuments, and other structures in honor of their spiritual essence.

In order to fully understand the dynamics behind sacred geometry, one must realize the world is a natural phenomenon that is comprised of geometric forms. For example, this can be seen in our bodies as the double helix of DNA, in the structure of the cornea in the eye, and every other part of the body that follows this same predictable pattern. In the environment, it can be seen in the reoccurring shapes and fractals of leaves, flowers, seeds, the pattern of honeybees and other insects that live structured lives, the crystalline form of gems and stones, the swirl of a nautilus shell, the movement of the tides, the solar system, and the cycles of the moon. Sacred geometry is replicated in the vibrations of music (notes), the grid patterns seen on earth (ley lines), and in religious symbols, especially in Judaism, Christianity, and Hinduism.
These geometric forms have been a constant source of inspiration to scientists, philosophers, artists, musicians, and architects around the world. The perfect harmony displayed in these geometric forms always equals a measurement of (1.6180339887) and therefore was given the term of “The Golden Mean” or “Golden Ratio.” This led Sir James Jeans, a British scientist during the mid 1800’s, to pose the famous question: “Is God a mathematician?”
The ancient Greeks were also very interested in the Golden Ratio; as a result, it is seen in many works of art and architecture including the famous pyramids. The famous Fibonacci sequence (1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55,…), where the generation of numbers occurs by adding the previous two numbers in the list together to form the next number, produces the Golden Ratio if you divide any number in the sequence by the one before it (55/34) = 1.61803. This configuration represents the search for absolute truth, love, or God.
When these symbolic number principles are incorporated within building and room designs, it can have a profound effect on us. Since our dwellings are seen as an extension of ourselves, by creating spaces that support our dynamic being it can sharpen our senses, improve our physical body, and reconnect us to our divine nature. When we choose to build and design our spaces with more synthetic materials rather than natural materials, we are disregarding nature in the process. Therefore, we shut down our true nature and, as a result, this can lead to disharmony, imbalance, and disease. There is an old Chinese proverb that says, “When there is order in the house, there is order in the nation, where there is order in the nation, there is peace in the world.” Below are some ideas of how to incorporate sacred symbols and the Golden Mean Ratio into your space.

o Labyrinths: A labyrinth is simply a system of paths that can be easy to get lost in. The design of a labyrinth eases the mind into a meditative state. You can create a small labyrinth in your yard or garden by simply creating pathways with hedges, shrubs, stones, or mosaic tiles. You can also purchase a geometric pattern of a labyrinth and hang it on the wall of your sacred room, or area where you meditate. This geometric form activates the subconscious mind and symbolizes a winding path to the divine source.
o Nautilus Shell: Keep a nautilus shell or ammonite fossil displayed in your home. The spiral shape conforms to the Golden Mean Ratio and exudes divine harmony.
o Mandala: Mandala is Sanskrit for circle and symbolizes transformation, healing and unity with the creator. A mandala can be placed on a coffee table or shelf. You can purchase a sand tray mandala with a swinging pendulum. When the pendulum moves it will create a sacred design formation in the sand.
o Plants: Living plants represent the geometric aspect in nature known as fractals. The way leaves grow around the stem and the veining of the leaf is a sacred principle that will keep you connected to nature.
o Spiral Designs: Any spiral designs creating a swirling movement rotating downward to a center point, then upward, are extremely powerful sacred shapes. Many times Native American pottery depicts these designs.
o Sacred Shapes: Incorporate seashells, crystals, ferns, leaves, circles, triangles, pyramids, cubes, and hexagons in your space.
o Artwork: Incorporate art with landscape scenes, flowers, or spiral designs.
o Kaleidoscope: Get a Kaleidoscope and add it to your room décor. Use it frequently and experience the sacred shapes created by the movement. The best ones to use are those that have the small color chips.
o Golden Mean Ratio: You can incorporate the Golden Mean ratio in any room that is odd shaped. Simply measure the width of the room and then multiply it by the Golden Mean Ratio (1.618) to find the perfect length. For example, a room with a width of 14 feet multiplied by 1.618 equals 22.652 or 23 feet. This is the perfect length for a room that is 14 feet wide. Simply design the furniture around these dimensions and create a separate area for any additional odd space. This works especially well when a room is long and narrow. You may also use this same concept in an odd shape yard. You can delineate the divine proportion area from another area by planting a natural barrier with hedges or shrubbery.

 

The human body resonates to nature on a cellular and conscious level. By designing our spaces with nature’s symbols and geometric forms found in those symbols, we then can create a space that nurtures us instead of one that drains us. This type of architecture and interior design supports the principles of universal harmony and nurtures our own senses and creativity in life.
About the Author:
Mary Jane Kasliner is a professional Accredited Feng Shui Consultant of the London Institute and Nationally Certified in Hatha Yoga. She is the owner of Body Space Alignment and the Teaching Tortoise School of Feng Shui. She has received world-wide media coverage by the Associated Press and CN8 Television. Mary Jane is the author of Love, Happiness And Feng Shui, The Feng Shui Connection To a Healthy Life, Mother Nature – A Bridge to Conscious Living, feng shui design CD, and 15 feng shui training programs. Mary Jane can be reached by visiting her website: www.fengshuiyoganj.com.

Clean Up Your Act With Feng Shui

 

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Control Your Space and Move Through Life Effortlessly

 

© Mary Jane Kasliner, AAS, BS, ACFSI, CP, E-RYT200

 

Take action now to energize your home and begin a life filled with abundance.

Do you ever feel like a gray cloud is constantly hovering over you? Do you feel like no matter what you do, it seems to be a struggle? One of the most common reasons for stagnancy in life is clutter. When energy is stuck in a physical sense it has far reaching effects on every aspect of our being. It has a tendency to throw us off track in life, question our direction, and to trigger emotional, physical and spiritual malaise. On some level, your mind is aware of what is going on. On another level it is the subconscious mind’s way of avoiding what needs to be done.

For our life to work well it is necessary to clear the clutter and make room for new energy to propagate. Part of this process is to disengage from the emotional attachment we have with the objects we possess. The trick is to make an assessment about the objects in your space and the emotional strain it is having on the flow of your life. When we understand that every part of the human life experience is encapsulated within our home through design, images, symbols, sounds, and smells, we can then assess whether these objects add value to our life or keep us physically and emotionally stuck.

Take action now to energize your space and begin a life filled with abundance by following these simple guidelines. You will feel empowered by your ability to control your space, feel lighter, realize new opportunities, and move through life more effortlessly.

Decluttering Guidelines

  1. Take a tour of your home and record the clutter zones of each room.
  2. Note how you feel when you look at your possessions. Do you have a positive reaction or a negative one?
  3. Create a system for discarding unwanted, broken, return, or donation items.
  4. Set an intention as you remove unwanted items. You are now energetically opening up to attracting new desires into your life.
  5. Take breaks during the clutter-clearing session to recharge your energy.
  6. Strive for a cleared, simple, natural and uncluttered feel.
  7. Make sure each room has at least two strong light sources.
  8. Add pizzazz to each room with accents (i.e. fresh coat of paint, flowers, seashells or plant).
  9. Re-think your furniture positioning and create open and inviting seating arrangements.
  10. Locate the East direction in your home; place a healthy plant and other wood elements (green colors, floral designs, columnar shapes or wood accent pieces). This direction aligns to our health and family roots. Activation here has a way of catapulting new beginnings for us.
  11. Space clear each room for a fresh revitalized feel by spraying pure essential oils.
  12. Let go, have fun and live simply.

Once you begin the process of aligning your space, you will naturally increase the energy level in the structure and in turn, your personal energy will heighten. You will naturally be drawn to healthier eating habits, physical habits, and spiritual habits. You have a choice to change your life through the design of your space. What are you waiting for?

About the Author:

Mary Jane Kasliner is a professional Accredited Feng Shui Consultant of the London Institute and Nationally Certified in Hatha Yoga.  She is the owner of Body Space Alignment and the Teaching Tortoise School of Feng Shui. She has received world-wide media coverage by the Associated Press and CN8 Television.  Mary Jane is the author of Love, Happiness And Feng Shui, The Feng Shui Connection To a Healthy Life, Mother Nature – A Bridge to Conscious Living, feng shui design CD, and 15 feng shui training programs. Mary Jane can be reached by visiting her website: www.fengshuiyoganj.com.

Healthy Living through Feng Shui

©By: Mary Jane Kasliner, AAS, BS, ACFSI, CP, E-RYT200

 

At the core of all feng shui lies the subtle beauty of nature; all of its essence exudes a level of harmony and balance unparalleled.  The age-old principles of feng shui are based on these laws and acknowledge the ever-changing interaction and connection between human beings and their environment.  This powerful connection is the key to experiencing good health and prosperous living.

 

A comprehensive feng shui analysis can ascertain how healthy a space is for its occupants.  A close evaluation of the land topography including the integrity of its soil, surrounding man-made electromagnetics, escalated earth frequencies caused by leys, underground water streams and specific types of grids, are essential measurements during a feng shui health analysis.  Assessing the architecture and design materials can determine the energy flow pattern and synthetic out gassing that occurs within a structure.  The fine-tuning of color, sounds, scents and nature’s elements are the defining details that impact our emotions.  Our senses process these subtleties within our space and synthesize it in the hypothalamus and limbic system of our brain.

 

Directionology is another powerful indicator within our structures that correspond to body systems and the human life journey.  Evaluating the directional points of the home for any infractions can pinpoint life challenges or health issues.  For example, architecture in disrepair in the North sector of the home can show up as challenges in our career or potential urinary or bladder problems.

 

Our environment is a direct reflection of who we are.  It represents a snapshot of our inner self or “landscape.”  If we are not in total alignment to begin with, we will resonate to an environment that is unbalanced keeping us in this perpetual state.  If we shift our level of consciousness to include more of our subconscious intuitive mind, our innate intelligence takes over and we chose healthier spaces.  We begin to work with nature’s essence in our building and design materials.  We look to incorporate sacred geometric shapes found in nature like the nautilus shell, spiral designs or plants that follow the Golden Mean Ratio and the Union of Opposites explained in the famous Fibinocci sequence.  These natural laws imbue our space with divine harmony creating a vital new energy.  As a result, this energy begins to permeate every aspect of our life.  We begin to thrive, prosper and achieve our desires in life.  This in turn leads to the basic human need of acquiring true health and happiness.

 

Once you begin the process of aligning your outer landscape through the laws of feng shui, you will naturally increase the vibrational level of the structure externally and internally.  In turn, your personal vibrational level will heighten.  You will naturally be drawn to healthier eating habits, physical habits and spiritual habits.  The cultivation of your inner qi will begin to flow freely and abundantly.  A union or “yoking” of the mind, body and spirit will occur.  This is the natural segue to finding true happiness, health and abundance.

 

The simple fact remains when we work with nature in our building designs and internal décor, we are working with the natural flow of all things. Engaging in this type of design practice allows us to connect to our space as “one.”  This is a powerful concept pertaining to the first Taoist principle:  There is not “just us,” or ‘just nature,” but both.  Understanding this Universal philosophy should change the way we look at our space and how we interact with it.  Pay attention to your environment as you would care for your own body and you will acquire a state of total well-being.

 

For more information on how to create a healthy living environment see my publications and easy step-by-step downloadable programs.

 

About the Author:

Mary Jane Kasliner is President of Body Space Alignment & Director of Teaching Tortoise School of Feng Shui. She is the author of several feng shui books, CD’s, and best-selling author of the Happiness Chronicles: Short Stories and Recipes for a Happy Life. Mary Jane is also a nationally certified yoga teacher. She can be contacted via her websites www.fengshuiyoganj.com or www.njfengshuitraining.com.

Read her Blogs:Feng Shui Healthy Designs and Secrets of a Simple Life.

10 Feng Shui Tips for Small Spaces

The first reaction to a small space generally sends us into the “triple D’s,” or what I would like to call the Downward, Despair, and Doldrums.  The simple truth is small spaces allow us to be closer to energy, and from a feng shui perspective, that’s golden. Just because the space is small doesn’t mean we can’t balance it. Square footage has no bearing on creating a harmonious and healthy living environment. So if you are short on square footage, have some fun delving into these ten simple feng shui tips.

  1. If you live in an apartment, determine what directional location your place falls within the larger building. This will help you with the overall elemental theme. For example, if your apartment sits in the southeast portent of the entire building, then favor wood and water elements in your designs.
  2. Incorporate floor plants, decorative screens, and curtains for faux walls.  It will look fabulous and give you much needed definable living areas.
  3. Choose a focal point towards which the energy will gravitate.  This can be done with interesting artwork, sculptures, or an exotic pillow.
  4. Keep windows clean and open for natural sunlight and fresh air. Compliment with flowing window treatment and full spectrum track lighting aimed at walls to free up floor space and create an expansive feeling.
  5. Consider removing closet doors and replacing them with curtains.  This will soften the energy while giving the illusion of more space.
  6. Think less is more when it comes to furnishings and incorporate curved designs. Qi (energy) only moves in a sine wave pattern and therefore will be unimpeded.
  7. Note the directions within the space from the center point. Then address each direction with the corresponding natural element and symbolic image to catapult the energetic ba-gua – feng shui template.  For example, placing a romantic stone statue in the southwest or a metal musical instrument in the west will effectively catapult feelings of romance while infusing the environment with delightful sounds.
  8. Arrange major pieces of furniture in command to door entry for a sense of comfort and eye appeal.
  9. Splurge on tableware and linens. Small luxuries, such as table-top water fountains, go a long way.
  10. Have fun and invite some friends over.  People actually prefer to socialize in small spaces.

It’s simple to create great style in small spaces. Allow your inner flame to rise during the process, be resourceful, and follow simple feng shui guidelines. You’ll be amazed at how you can transform your small space into an energetic, vibrant, and functional Shangri – La. For more information on how to follow simple feng shui designs see my Feng Shui Designs in a Flash CD.

About the Author:

Mary Jane Kasliner is President of Body Space Alignment & Director of Teaching Tortoise School of Feng Shui. She is the author of several feng shui books, CD’s, and best-selling author of the Happiness Chronicles: Short Stories and Recipes for a Happy Life. Mary Jane is also a nationally certified yoga teacher. She can be contacted via her websites www.fengshuiyoganj.com or www.njfengshuitraining.com.

Read her Blogs:Feng Shui Healthy Designs and Secrets of a Simple Life.

 

Have You Been Shuied?

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By: Mary Jane Kasliner, AAS, BS, ACFSI, ERYT-200

If you have trouble finding your life, then it is time to redesign your space with Feng Shui.  This ancient Chinese art and science seeks to establish harmony and balance in our lives through our environment by harnessing the beauty and peace of nature.  Therefore, when we design our spaces with nature’s essence it creates a vital new energy for ourselves.  As a result, this energy begins to permeate every aspect of our life and we begin to thrive, prosper, and achieve whatever we desire.

 

Since Feng Shui acknowledges the ever-changing interaction and connection between human beings and their environments, then it behooves us to create an environment that is nurturing and feels safe so we can let go of the day’s challenges and come back to our source of power.  Then we can start each new day refreshed and rejuvenated.

 

Feng Shui design allows us to live more consciously, as there is always a purpose and intention for every change made. This is a powerful concept that enables us to support ourselves in a positive and strong manner.  When we understand that every part of the human life experience is encapsulated within our home through architectural design, images, symbols, textures, smells, and sounds, we can then assess whether these shapes and objects are bringing energy to us or taking it away.

 

In Feng Shui it is important that your space reflects who you are and what your goals and intentions are in life.  This translates into furnishing all rooms with objects, images, and colors that make you feel good.  All rooms should be utilized within your space otherwise you can effectively shut down areas of your personal and social life.  The key is to use what you love and to incorporate natural elements such as plants, flowers, water, earth elements, a breeze, and shapes that are found in nature.  And don’t forget to tantalize your senses with nature’s sounds and smells.

 

Implementing the core principles of Feng Shui into your life will improve the energy that flows around and throughout buildings, dwellings, and gardens so that harmony, power, romance, health, and prosperity will result.  Transform your home into a harmonious and positive environment with Feng Shui.  When we work with nature, life is easy.